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I’ve shared a few delicious food ideas and a refreshing “Gridiron punch”, so I think it’s fitting to share a little something sweet, don’t ya think? The tailgating table definitely needs a little something sweet (for the kids and adults alike) and these pennant cookies are the perfect treat.

Tailgating at home? Set up a cookie-making station for guests to make their own pennant cookie. Or create them ahead of time and display down in grass-filled galvanized pails. Take a look…

How to make these pennant cookies? Here are the instructions!

This is a great recipe for cookie cutters because it doesn’t spread too much when baking.

2-1/2 cups (5 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
5 cups flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

  1. In an electric mixer fit with paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar. If your butter is straight from the refrigerator, let it sit out for at least 30 minutes. Cream for just one minute (don’t overbeat).
  2. Add eggs one at a time and extracts. Beat for additional 15-20 seconds.
  3. Add dry ingredients to bowl (the mixing bowl will be very full, so turn the mixer on very slowly to avoid it from going over the edge). Mix on low speed for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until it starts to come together into a ball.
  4. Roll out dough (about ¼-1/2” thick) and refrigerate for one hour (at least).
  5. Use a knife to cut triangles in different sizes.
  6. If making a pennant banner, use end of dowel rod to make two holes a top of cookie.
  7. If making flag cookies, gently insert dowel rod or lollipop sticks into cookie dough.
  8. Preheat oven to 350°F and bake for 8 minutes. Let cookies cool.


2 cups powdered sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons meringue powder
3 tablespoons warm water
food coloring gel

In an electric mixer, beat together powdered sugar, meringue powder, and warm water for 5-7 minutes or until stiff peaks form. For lining icing, you want stiffer icing. For filling icing, add water to loosen it. Fill icing in piping bags with small tips (Wilton #1 or #2) and line your cookies with a thicker icing. Add water to same cooler and “fill” your cookies. Use a toothpick to help spread the icing and tap cookies gently to break up any air bubbles. Be sure to drape a damp kitchen towel over icing bowl so it won’t dry out when you’re working on your cookies.

To make the pennant banner cookies that you inserted holes into, just string a ribbon in and out of the holes and ta-da! This is a super cute addition to any tailgate table!

Or display your cookies in a bowl, galvanized pale, or even a glass vase.

So make cookies in your team’s favorite colors, add a fun ribbon, and get tailgating! Your guests will love these pennant cookies.

Growing up in the South, she attended Vanderbilt University earning both a bachelors in Communications + masters in Organizational Leadership. Her expertise has been seen in HGTV.com, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, AOL’s DIY Life, Get Married Magazine, and MarthaStewart.com. She works with brands such as Tostitos, Pier 1, Orville Redenbacher, Sterling Wines, Sierra Mist, and Lindt to connect consumers with their products in an entertaining setting. She writes for Disney,The Huffington PostSHE KNOWSHostess With the Mostess, and Tablespoon.

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  1. So great! Thanks for sharing! : )

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